Carter, David Miller, 1830-1879.

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David Miller Carter was a lawyer and landowner of eastern North Carolina; Confederate colonel and military judge; legislator, 1862-1865; resident of Washington, N.C., until he moved to Raleigh in 1874.

From the description of David Miller Carter papers, 1713-1916 [manuscript]. WorldCat record id: 23158671

Confederate Officer, legislator, attorney and farmer. Resided successively in Hyde, Beaufort, and Wake counties, N.C.

From the description of Papers, 1858-1903. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 17979624

David Miller Carter (1830-1879) was a lawyer and landowner of eastern North Carolina; a Confederate colonel and military judge; a legislator, 1862-1865; and a resident of Washington, N.C., until he moved to Raleigh in 1874. Carter was the son of David Carter and Sarah Lindsay Spencer Carter of Hyde County, N.C. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1851. He practiced law in Washington, N.C., as the partner of Richard Spaight Donnell prior to the Civil War and after the war as the partner of Edward Jenner Warren.

Carter served in the Civil War as captain, later lieutenant colonel, in the 4th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. In June 1863 he was appointed provost marshal of the 2nd Corps, commanded by Richard S. Ewell, serving also as judge of the military court attached to that corps, and in July 1863 he was commissioned a colonel in the cavalry and assigned to serve as the presiding judge of the military court attached to the 3rd Corps, commanded by A. P. Hill. He resigned in August 1864 on the grounds of his membership in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Carter served as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons from Beaufort County in the legislatures of 1862-1863 and 1864-1865. He did not hold political office thereafter but for several years was interested in politics and corresponded with political leaders. In the years 1865-1867 his correspondents were chiefly Republicans, with whom he was evidently in sympathy, but he opposed Radical Reconstruction and the calling of the North Carolina constitutional convention of 1868 and broke with Republicans in late 1867. His political correspondence thereafter was chiefly with Democrats and Liberal Republicans. In 1872 he ran for United States Congress against the Republican incumbent, Clinton L. Cobb, of Pasquotank County, who won. Carter's active participation in politics seems to have ceased after this campaign.

Carter's first wife was Isabella Perry, daughter of David B. Perry of Rosedale, near Washington, N.C. She died in mid-1866 and in May 1869 he married Harriet Armistead Ryan Benbury, widow of John A. Benbury of Albania, N.C. She was the daughter of Emily Baker Turner and Joseph Jordan Ryan and the step-daughter of David Outlaw and grew up in the Outlaw home in Windsor, N.C.

Carter and his wife Isabella had three children, Sarah Lindsay, David Miller Junior, and one who died as an infant. The Benburys had a daughter Emily and an infant boy who died. Carter and Harriet had three daughters, Harriet, who died as an infant; Laura Lindsay; and Frances Spencer. Emily Benbury married Dr. Hubert Haywood and lived in Raleigh. David M. Carter Junior married Ella Mann and lived in Hyde County and later in Washington, N.C. Sarah L. Carter married Theodore F. Davidson of Asheville, N.C., in December 1893. Frances Spencer Carter married Martin Wilhelm Schaeffer of Dresden, Germany, in 1899.

From the guide to the David Miller Carter Papers, 1713-1916, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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creatorOf Carter, David Miller, 1830-1879. David Miller Carter papers, 1713-1916 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Small, John H. (John Humphrey), 1858-1946. Papers, 1720-1946 ; (bulk 1850-1870). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Carter, David Miller, 1830-1879. Papers, 1858-1903. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf David Miller Carter Papers, 1713-1916 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Perry family. Perry family papers, 1788-1911 (bulk 1831-1891) [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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associatedWith Buffaloe, William H. person
associatedWith Carter, Harriet Armistead Ryan Benbury, 1833-1877. person
associatedWith Carter, Laura Armistead, d. 1935. person
associatedWith Carter, Sarah Lindsay. person
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associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 4th. corporateBody
associatedWith Perry family. family
associatedWith Small, John H. (John Humphrey), 1858-1946. person
associatedWith Wharton, Rufus Watson. person
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Confederate States of America
North Carolina
Beaufort County (N.C.)
North Carolina
Washington (N.C.)
New York (N.Y.)
Hyde County (N.C.)
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Canals--History--19th century
Banks and banking--history--19th Century
Slavery
General stores
Cotton gins and ginning
Women--Social life and customs
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Lawyers--History--19th century
Slaveholders
Agricultural laborers
Cotton growing
Landlord and tenant
Slave bills of sale
Farms
African American agricultural laborers
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Birth 1830

Death 1879

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